The MG Hector just got an facelift for 2021 and it was already priced higher than the outgoing model. Though MG had mentioned the price hike, a second hike within a month of launch was unexpected.
MG Motors has joined other manufacturers in the trend of increasing prices of its vehicles from January 2021. The automaker had mentioned the price hike well in advance, so it wasn’t unexpected. But a price hike of the new MG Hector only after a month of being on sale was unforeseen, the facelifted 2021 model was already Rs 44,000 dearer than the pre-facelift model. With the latest revisions and depending on the variant, buyers will have to pay an extra Rs 10,000.
On the bright side, some variants of the MG Hector remain unaffected by this price hike which includes the entry-level Style and Super (petrol). Both models’ prices remain unchanged at Rs 12.90 lakh and Rs 13.89 lakh. On the flip side, most of the petrol DCT variants’ prices have been hikes. The Smart DCT is now priced at Rs 16.52 lakh, Sharp DCT for Rs 18.10 lakh, and Sharp DCT (Dual-Tone) for Rs 18.30 lakh. The Hector Super Hybrid’s prices stay the same at Rs 14.4 lakh, but the higher Smart and Sharp variants’ prices have been increased to Rs 15.76 lakh and Rs 17.10 lakh, respectively.
MG has also hiked prices of the Hector’s diesel models barring the Style and Smart variants, which continue to retail for Rs 14.21 lakh and Rs 15.31 lakh. But the new Rs 10,000 hike is applicable for the mid-spec Smart, Sharp and the flagship Sharp (Dual-Tone) variants. After the latest price hike, the models now come in at Rs 17.02 lakh, Rs 18.43 lakh, and Rs 18.63 lakh, respectively. All prices mentioned here are ex-showroom. As you can see, MG has upped the prices for most of the variants in the Hector range.
Though the MG Hector has been on sale for only two years in the Indian market, the facelifted version comes with noticeable updates and changes to lengthen the shelf life of the current model. The Hector sports a more upright front-end with a redesigned grille with a chrome studded pattern inspired from the ZS range. There are also a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, a two-tone interior replacing the all-black one, and several new features. The features list continues to boast of LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED fog lamps, LED tail lamps, heated ORVMs, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.4-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, dual-pane panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, rear AC, AI-based voice recognition, OTA updates and a host of connectivity-based features with an embedded SIM card.
Mechanically, the 2021 MG Hector continues the same powertrain options. It will continue with its FCA-sourced 2.0-litre diesel engine which churns out 170 PS/350 Nm of peak power and torque. The 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine makes max power and torque figures of 143 PS/250 Nm respectively. The petrol engine can also be had with mild-hybrid tech for start/stop functionality and additional torque boost. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard while the turbo-petrol variants also get a DCT gearbox.